The Tuesday before last, following a heavy YALC hangover, I made my way over to Sarah Maria Griffin and Christina Henry’s tour stop in Manchester. I had already met Sarah at YALC but as Spare and Found Parts is one of my favourite books of the year, I definitely wouldn’t say no to hearing her talk about it – I also didn’t get a chance to meet Christina at YALC so was looking forward to that too!
I am a huge fan of the Swansea Waterstones Twitter page and one day whilst scrolling, I came across an announcement for the SBC – Swansea’s Blogger Collective which would be happening there on August 5th. A place for fellow Welsh bloggers to meet up monthly and talk about all things books and events! Me, being the Queen of Anxiety, really wanted to attend but didn’t know if I could but guess what? I did! And it was amazing. Not only did I come away with some amazing books, but I also met some amazing people. I thought meeting other book-lovers in Swansea was a month but here I was, surrounded by them (and biscuits!) All of this couldn’t have been possible without The Twitter Guy who arranged the event and got us some amazing books to take home and review. Continue reading “The Swansea Blogger Collective”
Just a quick post today but we have lots of posts planned for the next few weeks (including a YALC wrap up which I’m really excited to put together!)
So, ARC August coincides really well with YALC for me as I have a nice pile of ARCs to get through from it, so I decided to take part this year. I also have a couple that have been sent to me from publishers recently so I’ve included those too.
The ARCs I’m planning on reading this month are:
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Harper 360)
A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara (Harper 360)
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrande (YALC)
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (YALC)
Damsel by Elaina K Arnold (YALC)
Assuming I get through these five I’ll also try and read The Girl King by Mimi Yu, which I also picked up at YALC. I’m not in a huge rush to read this though since it’s not out till 2019!
Are you taking part in ARC August?
A miracle occurred this month and that miracle was that I actually read some books. I’ve been in the biggest slump lately and didn’t want to read for the sake of it but I am back and almost better than ever. I couldn’t decide which book to review fully so I thought I’d share some mini reviews instead. So without further ado, here are the three books I read in July and a wrap-up of what I thought about them. Continue reading “Mini Book Reviews // July 2018”
Before I get into it, I have no idea how this post and my research into it even came about. As much as I am going to include information, I don’t want it to be a big ol’ dump but I also don’t want to make too much light of a serious topic. A few nights ago during a conversation with my mother, I remembered that during all of my school years (age 5, not including nursery up to age 15.) (I do know the average age of leaving school in the U.K. is 16 but I left a year and a half early due to medical issues) I only had one Sexual Education class which consisted of a dildo being presented ready to have a condom put on it but then one of my classmates proceeding to lob it at the teacher. The end.
This got me thinking about my follower’s experience with Sex Ed. Did they have regular classes? Did they cover everything you thought should be covered? I’m not a teacher but I can respect the fact that teaching a class of children about sex isn’t going to be a walk in the park, but I do think more should be done, especially after seeing the results I received on my pictured Twitter & Instagram poll.
After spending a couple of days in Salzburg, we took the Westbahn over to Vienna. I have to say, although the two cities are only two and a half hours away from each other, they are completely different. Salzburg’s traditional Austrian countryside charm was far behind us and, as obvious as it sounds, we were very aware that we were in a bustling European capital city. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we preferred Salzburg, but Vienna certainly had it’s charms – some of our highlights were St. Stephens Cathedral and the Natural History Museum.
(this review is spoiler-free!)